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  • Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Latest news | 24-01-2017
    Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 6 p.m. LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk ART, EXPERIMENT AND TECHNO-SCIENCE Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński   What do artists working with science and technology do? My recently published book Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015) explores how “researcher-creators” produce new performative assemblages that challenge how we experience the world and create, and simultaneously, destabilize new phenomena and our perception of such phenomena. How do the materials of art – the “stuff of the world” – behave and perform in ways beyond the creator's intent, becoming unknown and alien. How is it that researcher creators organize the conditions for new kinds of
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    EXHIBITION: Die, and become! Art and Science as Conjectured Possible

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    LAZNIA 1 Jaskółcza 1 Str. Gdansk - DOLNE MIASTO   25.11.2016 – 29.01.2017   Opening: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 6 p.m. Opening performance: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 7 p.m. Panel discussion with artists and curator of the exhibition: 26.11.2016 (Saturday), 1.00 - 8.00  pm   Artists in exhibition: James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Louise-Philippe Demers, Where Dogs Run: Olga Inozemtseva, Natalia Grekhova and Alexey Korzukhin, Thomas Feuerstein, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Pedro Lopes, Verena Friedrich   Curator: Dmitry Bulatov Coordination: Jolanta Woszczenko   Verena Friedrich (DE). Vanitas Machine  
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  • Presentation: Three Robots named Paul. Patrick Tresset

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    Presentation of the installation and Art & Science “Human Traits” book launch in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.   Presentation of installation: 1.09-4.09.2016 Discussion: 02.09.2016, 6 p.m. Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński Coordination: Michalina Domoń   Panelist are professor Ryszard Kluszczyński, Patrick Tresset and Jadwiga Charzyńska. The discussion will take place in Festival Café on the 1st floor. ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art is organiser of the presentation.   Presentation of the installation devoted to Patrick Tresset, a French artist and scientist, which accompanies Art & Science book launch, evolves around the topic of human and computer creativity and our relations with the new generation machines. The artist’s works are robotic compositions which can draw portraits thanks to the implementation of specifically developed computer programmes
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    EN Nowa publikacja z cyklu "Art and Science meeting"

    Latest news | 21-11-2016
    At the begining this year, is published next one, bilingual publication from the "Art+Science Meeting" series - "Bio-Robotic Art and its Cultural Contexts". This album is devoted to the art of Guy Ben-Ary, whose exhibition "Nervoplastica" was presented at the Laznia CCA last June. The editor of the publication is the curator of the project, Prof. Ryszard Kluszczyński, whose introduction you will find below. You may download a fragment of the publication here:     Semi-living Art in Search of an Autor   The biography of Guy Ben-Ary, an Israeli artist born in the United States and living for many years in Australia, corresponds well in its nomadic complexity with the character of the works he creates. Indeed, his art combines in its multi-layered references and associations numerous trends in contemporary art. It is in their dynamic, transdisciplinary coexi
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A few words of introduction to Damien Hirst’s “New Religion” | Jadwiga Charzyńska

Texts | 21-11-2016
How did Damien Hirst’s New Religion find its way to Gdańsk to become part of the Art+Science Meeting?This question is crucial to my understanding of the romance between art and science.For centuries, these phenomena have always come together, irrespective of the era.   Renaissance humanism formed the cornerstone of modern culture.The turn of the 19th and 20th centuries marked the rejection of academism in visual arts.This gave rise to the artistic fascination with revolutionary discoveries and scientific theories; artists began to delve into science, drawing on philosophy and psychology.They began to talk about extending the intellectual layer in art, while contestation and provocation became equally important to the artistic process as the ability to draw or paint.At the same time, there appeared voices highlighting the ever greater gap of understanding between humanists and scientists.Tumultuous political and social changes, together with unprecedented technological progress, created the conditions for socially engaged art.   Artistic protest turned into the leading canon throughout the entire 20th century.The intellectual and critical aspect of works dominated over aesthetics or skill.Damien Hirst also began his career by reaching for very strong means of expression. The Apostles. Fig. 1 Jesus Christ 2005 / ©
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    Guy Ben Ary

    He is a Perth based artist and researcher. He is one of the core researchers of SymbioticA, an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and hands-on engagement with the life sciences, which is located within the University of Western Australia. Recognised internationally as a major artist and innovator working across science and media arts, Guy specialises in biotechnological artwork, which aims to enrich our understanding of what it means to be alive. Guy’s work has been shown across the globe at prestigious venues and festivals from the Beijing National Art Museum to San Paulo Biennale to the Moscow Biennale. His work can also be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009, his work Silent Barrage was awarded an Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and also won first prize at VIDA, a significant international competition for Art and Artificial Life. Guy’s Main research areas are cybernetics, bio-robotics  and the cultural articulation of Bio-technologies. His artworks usually utilize motion, growth and big data to investigate technological aspects of today’s culture and the re-use of biological materials and technologies.   http://www.synapse.net.au/people/guy_ben-ary   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Ben-Ari    
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    Oron Catts

    He is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established with Ionat Zurr in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project.   In 2000 he founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Oron’s leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. Catts’ interest is life, more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it application.   Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speak volumes about the need to for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life. Oron was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School and a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University.   He is currently the Director of SymbioticA, a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London, and a Visiting Researcher/consultant at Aalto University’s Future Art Base, Helsinki. Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.   www.tcaproject.org  
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    Heather Dewey-Hagborg

    (b. 1982, Philadelphia) – is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical inquiry. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica festival in Linz, the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the Mediations Biennale in Poland, the Article Biennial in Norway, the Science Gallery Dublin, Transmediale in Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany, and Museum Boijmans, Van Abbemuseum, and MU Art Space in the Netherlands. She has exhibited nationally at PS1 MoMA, the New Museum, Eyebeam, the New York Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  
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    Anders Eiebakke

    (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with drone technology since 2007. Among his works is the seagull based MUAV, commissioned by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority. He has exhibited drone based works at among other the Manifesta Biennale (2010), Les Rencontres Internationales (2012) andVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014). He designs his own aircrafts, exhibiting them together with politically charged aerial videos. Eiebakke also writes essays on drones, and is used as an analyst for Norwegian public radio and other news media. He is currently working on a group show in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, discussing the relationship between art and war. Eiebakke is also a member of the Norwegian National Team in radio controlled precision aerobatics. http://www.anderseiebakke.no/    
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    Ken Feingold

    Contemporary American conceptual artist based in New York. He has been exhibiting his work in video, drawing, film, sculpture, and installations since 1974. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) and a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship (2003) and has taught at Princeton University and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, among others. His works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Liverpool, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and many other museums. http://www.kenfeingold.com/  
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    John Grzinich

    mixed-media artist, who works since the early 90’ as a freelance artist and cultural coordinator, combining such divergent methods as field recording, kinetic sculpture, electroacoustic composition, performance, spatial perception and acoustics. In recent years Grzinich concentrated on giving workshops on various aspects of sound, that encourage collaboration through social communication, performance, mapping, recording and editing. He performed in North America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published by international labels such as: SIRR, Staalplaat, Erewhon, Intransitive, Cut, Elevator Bath, CMR, Orogenetics, Mystery Sea, Invisible Birds and others. He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center. At LAK – festival of Nordic Sound Art 2013 – Grzinich led the workshop “Sensing Sonospace”  
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    Jens Hauser

    (b. 1969, Schwerte) – is a curator, writer and media theorist. He holds a dual research position at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich/ 2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015), SO 3 (Belfort, 2015) and Wetware (Los Angeles, 2016). Hauser serves on international juries for art awards such as Ars Electronica, Transitio or Vida, as well as for several national science foundations. He is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE and has produced numerous reportages and radio features.  
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    Geir Jenssen

    performing also as Biosphere – is a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient techno” and “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
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    Balázs Kovács

    Hungarian sound artist and performer. He creates site-specific installations and audio works which mainly rely on technology and cultural background.   His output connects sound art with kinetic installations and network solutions.   Balázs Kovács alias Xrc is a teacher and co-founder of the Media and Applied Arts at the University of Pécs.   www.kbalazs.periszkopradio.hu  
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    Kristjan Loðmfjörð

    In the late nineties Kristján Loðmfjörð founded the film association Lortur along with film director Hafsteinn G. Sigurðsson. In the turn of the century Lortur became a populous group of young artists in Reykjavik, Iceland, producing experimental films as well as hosting the visual art biennale Drum Solo. After graduating from visual art in the year 2006 Kristján has worked as a visual artist, film director and editor. With the film medium Kristján explores the border between visual art and cinema, which allows him to emphasize the narration of visual language. Awards: Best documentary prize at the Edda Awards, the annual film and TV awards in Iceland, in 2007 for the film “Sins of the Fathers” (for script and editing), Third prize at the short film festival 2001 Frames in 2002 for the film “The Jacket Everybody Wanted to Wear”. First prize at the Reykjavík Short Film festival in 2002 for the film “Morocco: Pale Arrogance”. Second prize at the short film festival 2001 Frames in 2001 for the film “Up on Kjölur”. First prize at the Reykjavík Short Film festival in 2000 for the film “Georg: a living tune”.  
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    Paweł Łaźniak

    Film editor. He graduated at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. After the graduation he started commercial work (Open Productions since 2006, lazniak.com since 2010). In the commercial film projects he also works on the creation of image and sound, but his main field of interest is creative montage. Till 2013 he had been working on projects for MTV, VIVA, 4fun.TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Polsat, Polsat Sport, ESPN, TVN, TVN Turbo, TVN24, TVP, Discovery Channel (USA) and many others. http://lazniak.com/  
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    Oleg Mavromatti

    (1965, Russia) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker, a prominent representative of the Moscow Actionism, a phenomenon of the radical performance art scene in 1990s Moscow. He has been a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups such as “Expropriation of the Territory of Art” and NECEZIUDIK. In 1995 Mavromatti establishes the independent film union SUPERNOVA, manifested as a fortress of Moscow radical cinema. Mavromatti has been legally prosecuted for his critical performance art and film work (such as the famous performance “Ne ver’ glazam” (“Do Not believe Your Eyes”), 2000, for what his art and film archive has been confiscated in 2000. Therefore many of his early works are completely lost or accessible only from VHS copies. Mavromatti left the country in 2000 and since then he lives in Bulgaria and New York.  In Bulgaria, Rossa and Mavromatti established art collective ULTRAFUTURO – an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications. They have been included in the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP) and shown at Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool; Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal etc.  
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    BJ Nielsen

    Sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sounds of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance productions and as a sound designer. His newest album for Touch titled “Eye Of The Microphone” is a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London. Currently he is working on “The Acoustic City A Book Publication with CD”, co-edited with Matthew Gandy. www.bjnilsen.com  
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    Maciej Ożóg

    Sound artist, culture and media theorist. Since the early nineties he’s been involved in experimental music scene of Poland. Founder of many bands (Spear, Ben Zen, Aural Treat, Sub Spa, Quantum Vacuum Oscillator, Nonstate i.a.). He works in the field of live multimedia performance, interactive installations and video art. In his solo performances he critically explores the limial territory between body physical activity and invisible electric infrastructure of hybrid space. He uses custom designed instruments and devices as well as digital and analogue electronics. Ożóg is an author of numerous articles concerning aesthetics of new media art, critical art, avant-garde film, video, and experimental music. His research focuses on surveillance studies, information and network society, tactical media, bio art and posthumanism. He teaches at the Department of Electronic Media, University of Łódź, Poland. In 1998-2002 he ran a record label Ignis Project dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic music. Ignis released records by: Francisco Lopez, Ultra Milkmaids, Vance Orchestra, Indra Karmuka, Crawl Unit, Origami Arktika, Chaos As Shelter, EA and Spear. He curated such events as four editions of the exhibition “Die Kunst Ist Toth”, concerts by Coil, Noise Makers Fifes, Column One, Troum, Xaviere Charles, Z’ev, Zbigniew Karkowski, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, Asmus Tietchens, Marco Donnarumma and many others.  https://soundcloud.com/maciej-ozog  
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    Prof. Michael Punt

    Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth where he is the convenor of Transtechnology Research and the Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary) and has jointly produced two books on audio visual media and consciousness. He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals. From April 2010 he has been leading a large joint research project funded through HERA on the creative exchanges between experimental and commercial film makers. www.trans-techresearch.net  
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    Michal Rataj

    Czech sound artist, musician. He studied musicology at the Charles University in Prague and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005. Since 2006 he is assistant professor and runs electroacoustic music theory and composition classes. Michal Rataj also works as radio art producer at the Czech Radio, where he curates the program slot Radioatelier and the website rAdioCUSTICA for contemporary radioart activities. www.michalrataj.com    
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    Łukasz Szałankiewicz (Zenial)

    Artist, sound designer, historian, electronic music curator. A member of the Polish Electroacoustic Music Association. He took part in international festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 2011 he took part in the Focus! Festival, organized in the Lincoln Center, by the prestige Juilliard School and the Polish Institute in New York. He performed in Poland during the following festivals: Audio Art, Unsound, Wro and at the Korkegrada Gallery in Warsaw, Contemporary Art Center Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw, Arsenał Gallery in Białystok, Centre of Contemporary Art  in Toruń and many other places. In his works he focuses at the musical searches, as well as on audiovisual performances and interactive installations. Beside strictly musical activities, he is also dealing with promoting polish artists in and outside the country. The co-creator of the Audiotong publishing house. He was also taking part in the organization of few festivals. He is also releasing albums as Zenial and Palescam, together with Maciej Szymczuk he is creating the project AABZU, and with prof. Marek Chołoniewski he is taking part in the project Dizzy Kinetics. Curator of the Man|Machine workshop series. http://www.zenial.audiotong.net  
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    Krzysztof Topolski

    Electroacoustic improviser, author of sound-art projects, drummer. His main field of interest are noise and soundscape. He is interested in exploring drums and live electronics, improvised and electroacoustic music, computer composing, creating sound and interactive installations. He organizes presentations, holds workshops and lectures about contemporary music and sound-art. www.arszyn.com  
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    Tanja Visosevic

    An interdisciplinary artist, screen critic/theorist and educator.  Her art projects employ the technologies and strategies of the moving image, performance and bio-art to explore the cultural and philosophical terrains that consume her.  Much of her obsessions deal with the Life and Death Instincts, Identity Politics and the pioneering possibilities, as well as side effects, spawned from New Technologies.   The formation of a revolutionary audiovisual culture via digital technologies is embodied by much of Visosevic’s creative undertakings, present in her interactive mobile phone performances (such as Oh Bon! Commissioned by Fremantle Arts Centre in 2008 for the Bon Scott Project), through to Bio-Kino’s The Living Screen project (researched and developed at SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts).  These works possess an evolved poetics that situates her art practice within a swelling circuit of new genres and moving-image experiences.  Visosevic is a lecturer for the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University, where she combines her research in new media platforms with educating students in understanding the nature and experience of the moving image.  
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    Jon Wozencroft

    Founder of the audiovisual publishers Touch started in 1982 as a means of exploring the powerful chemistry between sound and visual media. The labels recent releases have included CDs by Fennesz, Biosphere, and Chris Watson amongst many others. He is the author of “The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 1 & 2”, published by Thames & Hudson in 1988 and 1994, and the curator of the exhibition of the same name, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988 and ultimately at Parco in Tokyo in 1990. In 1990, he set up FUSE with Neville Brody, a critical forum for the impact of digital media on type and visual communication. Alongside Touch, Wozencroft’s photography and design work has appeared in a number of publications, including Fax Art, Sampler, G1, Merz to Emigre and Beyond and most recently Cover Art By. He was the publisher of Vagabond (magazine co–edited with Jon Savage, 1992), and the editor/designer of Joy Division’s “Heart and soul box set” in 1997, with whom he also worked on the 2007 CD reissues by Warner Bros. Wozencroft has taught at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, The London College of Printing, and has given lectures at numerous art colleges and universities around the world. He is presently Senior Tutor in sound and moving image in the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art. His research project, Landscape and Perception, is a collaboration with Paul Devereux that investigates the soundscape of Preseli in SW Wales, source of the Stonehenge bluestones. www.touchmusic.org.uk  
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    Marek Zygmunt

    Visual artist, director, producer of documentary films. Since 1995 he creates performances, video performances, multimedia installations, movies, photography and experimental music. He is the author of over 150 projects, exhibitions participant and creator of authorial activities. Professionally he focuses on film and television art, working as a director and journalist. He owns a company producing film materials. He has been working for over 20 year with artists as Dominik Lejman and institutions as the Baltic Opera, Laznia CCA, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk preparing video visualizations and project documentations. http://www.marekzygmunt.art.pl/   
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